CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County library system's precarious financial situation is beginning to interfere with its day-to-day operations.
Beginning in January the Sissonville branch will reduce its weekly open hours from 39 to 30 to cope with the resignation of two full-time staff members.
"Our ability to allocate funding is very much compromised right now, so until we have a plan in place to deal with the impending reduction in funding we're not going to be hiring anyone new," library director Alan Engelbert said.
With the number of staffers at the Sissonville library reduced by two, that branch can no longer manage to operate at its customary schedule, so library officials elected to cut operating hours.
That decision doesn't reflect a broader decision on the reorganization of the library to deal with the recent loss of 40 percent of its funding.
But Engelbert said measures like this one may become customary over the next few months, until library officials settle on the library's more modest, long-term composition.
That process starts this week, when the newly formed "restructuring committee" meets for the first time Wednesday. That committee will report to the full board of directors at its next meeting.
In the interim, the library system will attempt to maintain its full scope of services -- it's still fully funded until June.